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Putin: Russia will 'never' extradite citizens accused by United States of election meddling

Putin: Russia will 'never' extradite citizens accused by United States of election meddling

Vladimir Putin's claim Russian Federation now has "invincible" weapons that can strike anywhere in the world is probably true, experts say.

President Vladimir Putin has said that the Russian citizens indicted by the United States for election meddling didn't act on behalf of his government, and insisted that Moscow will "never" extradite any of them. He said Russian Federation would be "prepared to look at them and talk about it", while repeating his government's insistence that it had no role in directing the operatives to act against the United States.

Even if the Russians never face justice in the United States, the sweeping indictment served the added objective of increasing the public's awareness about the elaborate foreign campaign to meddle in American democracy, legal experts have said.

"Give us materials, give us information", Putin said in an interview with NBC TV aired late on Friday, according to an English voice-over of his words.

The US has no extradition treaty with Russia, and Putin's comments on extradition are in line with Russian law prohibiting Russian citizens from being handed over to foreign countries.

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"I have to see first what they've done".

Last month, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office charged 13 Russian individuals and three companies with interfering in the US elections.

US President Donald Trump and the key players of his team have repeatedly denied all suspicions of illegal contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign.

The criticism came after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday to maintain the prevailing sanctions against Russian Federation for one more year. Moscow, too, has been denying allegations that it tried to influence the United States presidential election.


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